Joseph Chapel (Provided by the Hamilton County jail)
A 19-year-old man is accused of shooting an officer with a plastic pellets from a non-lethal Airsoft gun. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Lisa Hutson)
READING, OH (FOX19) -
A 19-year-old man is accused of shooting an officer with a plastic pellets from a non-lethal Airsoft gun.
Joseph T. Chapel is charged with inducing panic, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He is being held at the Hamilton County jail on the $75,000 bond.
Officers encountered him as they responded to a domestic disturbance at a Gorman Lane apartment Wednesday. Chapel and his sister were fighting, records show.
Chapel shot the first arriving officer with plastic pellets. They are painful and can cause serious damage to ears and eyes.
He challenged other officers as they arrived and shouted profanities.
“If I saw somebody holding this and brandishing it towards me orange tip or not, I might feel like I'm going to have to use deadly force,” said Chief Scott Snow of the Reading Police Department.
Snow says across the country criminals are painting the tips of their real weapons orange in an attempt to fool police officers. In this case, the dispatcher relayed to the officer that the suspect may have had a “BB gun”. Had the officer not had that information, Chief Snow says the encounter could have been deadly.
“Our understanding is that this person was carrying this weapon or this airsoft gun to make it appear that he had a real weapon and if someone would challenge him, he could lift up his shirt and show them the top of that gun,” said Chief Snow.
Chapel refused to comply with police when he was told he was under arrest. Officers said they had to shock him with a taser stun gun to take him into custody.